FNL FAQ

Q: Do we have to go to the workshop?
A: There is no requirement to go to the workshop to participate in the launch. We advise that at least one person from each team attend a workshop. The workshop is worth coming to. It gives you all the basics so you can build a high-powered and efficient rocket. If you can’t make it, check out this Haskell University video as it will give you an idea about what we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6r8VIhpDlU.

Q: Are there any parameters for team names?
A: No, but try to keep them short enough to be able to fit on a t-shirt.

Q:Is it possible to have more than one team from our college to compete in the Tribal and/or AISES Competition?
A: Yes, you can have more than one team. We would suggest 3 or 4 students per team or more.

Q: Do we have to include a proposal for both the AISES and Tribal Competition Challenge?
A: Yes, but only if you want to compete in both challenges. If you plan to have two or more teams in any one or mixed challenge you also must submit a proposal for each team competing.

Q: Are we eligible to launch if we haven’t attended any trainings/workshops?
A: Yes, you are eligible to launch. We can send the workshop binder to anyone who is not able to attend the workshop but wants to compete.

Q: If we are not a Tribal college, can we compete?
A: If you build a Tribal Competition rocket and are not a Tribal College, you will still be able to launch your rocket on the day of the competition, but you will not be in the competition.

Q: Any tips on filling out the space grant info for travel?
A: On our website there is a place for clicking onto your Space Grant account. When filling out a travel request for the Workshop, just include the information about the First Nations Launch. All of the Space Grants know about what we are doing and are willing to support you. If you have troubles, contact wsgc@uwgb.edu.

Q: How can I book my hotel room?
A: You can book your lodging anytime by going to http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/fnl/launch.html and get information. You need to book the hotel with your credit card but we will pay for all of the regular room rates so it won’t go on your credit card.

Q: When should I be at the launch site hotel?
A: If you are making flight arrangements, please be at the hotel no later than 11:00 a.m. so you don’t miss the start of the judging. If you are flying a rocket, make sure you allow time to ship your rocket if that is how you want it to get here.

Q: When should I be at the launch site hotel?
A: If you are making flight arrangements, please be at the hotel no later than 11:00 a.m. so you don’t miss the start of the judging. If you are flying a rocket, make sure you allow time to ship your rocket if that is how you want it to get here.

Q: What paperwork and reporting do we have to do if my team competes?
A: Getting your paperwork in on time is imperative as each report will be factored in on your score. If you do not get your report in on time, you will get a zero. First up, an application form must be submitted by the team’s Faculty Advisor with an attached proposal. Follow directions on the Proposal Information page on the FNL website - http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/aises/proposal_info.html. There is also a Preliminary Design Report (PDR), a Critical Design Report (CDR), and a Flight Readiness Report (FRR) due as per the instructions on the Competition page - http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/aises/competition.html. You will be given RockSim software to help you with the reports. The day before the launch you will be required to give a team oral report and finally an Assessment of Data Results (FR) two weeks after the launch. Instructions for these are also on the Competition page.

Q: What happens after we turn in the CDR?
A: You must notify us of the type of motor you will be using so we can order them before the launch date. More importantly the team must trim down and finalize their science and engineering payloads culminating in the Flight Readiness Report (FRR). The FRR should be representative of the look and feel of the rocket and payload(s) as it would fly on launch day.

Q: What type of altimeter will be supplied?
A: We are using Adepts for the Tribal College competition. I believe we will be using Adept ALTS2 from http://www.adeptrocketry.com. We would suggest using a backup such as the Adept DDCS2 or use a different make and model altimeter such as the RDAS 4.0, just in case the first altimeter fails. AISES Teams will need to provide their own altimeter as we provide a 3 axis accelerometer.

Q: Is there anything else I should have for my rocket?
A: I would suggest also a tracking device; it could be an audible alarm, or ham radio wave, or visual aid or perhaps real time 3D GPS. The rocket launch site is not very forgiving. Many, many rockets are not found. Our team has lost a couple because we did not install a tracking device.

Q: What if we don’t get our rocket done before we need to leave for the competition?
A: We will have room to work on your rocket Thursday evening before the oral reports and safety check and again on Friday evening after the reports. EVERYONE MUST ATTEND ALL ORAL REPORTS! You should plan on having your rocket 95-100% done before you come as there will likely be changes you need or want to make after your oral report and safety check. We also hope to have a surprise challenge for you on Friday evening.

Q: Any advice regarding the design as well as types of scientific experiments?
A: Science payloads are left up to the imagination of the team but some suggestions are offered here; atmospheric experiments, rocket force’s experiments, camera and photography experiments, nano-partical applications, skin-effect and boundary layer experiments, environmental applications such as habitat monitoring or invasive species detection.

Q: Would using parts from our RP [Rapid Prototyping] machine be considered as a science payload?
A: Yes, using specially designed rocket parts is a science payload. This is because once you launch them under the rocket stresses, i.e. 8 times the force of gravity, the parts then become flight tested hardware and can be used for high-powered rocketry marketing of your product, as an example. Not every part on a rocket always survives.

Q: Is the mile marker set above sea level or above ground level?
A: The mile marker is measured from ground level and is approximately 750’ above sea level.

Q: Is the final height of the flight dependent only on the altimeter readings or is it standardized so that the length of the altimeter bay to nosecone is added making the tip of the nosecone the measured point of the flight?
A: When the rocket arcs over the apogee, it is at its highest point and that is what the altimeter will read. So plan your placement of the altimeter based on the arc.

Q: How do you measure the time it takes for the rocket to reach apogee? If it’s by stopwatch from ground, do you add in human reaction times as error or have multiple people taking time and take the average? Is it from button push or movement of rocket?
A: We could build a standard accelerometer based module that measures time from movement to apogee. It would work on a threshold for starting to measure before it starts timing and then as the rocket stops moving, it stops recording.

Q: How do you determine who wins the flight portion of the Tribal Competition?
A: Tribal teams will need to predict their altitude before launching. The team that predicts closest to their altitude by percentage will win the flight portion of the competition.